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Summary of Ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel reviews
Reviews for Ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: At first I hated this pill but had a 3 month supply. In the first 2 months I had spotting all the time, crazy mood swings, intense cravings and cramps around PMS time and was loosing a dramatic amount of hair. On the bright side my acne was non existent and I noticed weight loss. By the 3rd month I feel most symptoms cleared.
Levora (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Endometriosis: I've been on this for almost 5 years and I love it, in the last two years I've actually lost weight, my skin which used to be horrible with acne is nice and clear. The first few months were kind of rough, as it is when starting any birth control. The only downfall would be how sensitive my breasts can get when it's cold. Almost painful at times, but it's definitely eased over the years.
Review by Happy user (taken for less than 1 month):
Aviane (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've been on this pill for about 3 weeks. I think it's working, not pregnant yet. It has made my breast a little tender, but no size increase. I started to break out on my face, no cramping, dryness around the vagina, no sex drive at all.
Alesse-28 (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Alesse-28 was the first oral contraceptive I've taken. I usually have a very heavy flow and my period would be a full week and would never come at the same time every month, but since I started to take Alesse-28, my period has become VERY regulated and my flow is light and lasts usually around 3-4 days only. The best thing I would say is that I don't get cramps anymore. Before taking the pill, I'd be pretty much bedridden. I get only a very slight pain now, but it's barely noticeable! It also helped with my acne! I had a lack of appetite when I started the pill and I lost 7lbs in one month. The worst parts were the nausea, major mood swings, slight depression (cried every night), anxiety, and the lack of motivation in everything.
Levora (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've been on Levora for a month and a half. The first couple weeks I was super emotional and wanted to quit, but the emotions have gone away. I've gained maybe two pounds and my acne has mostly gone away. I've also noticed a decrease in facial hair.
Orsythia (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: This pill has been pretty close to perfect. No weight gain, no depression, and my periods are much lighter and shorter. During the first few months my acne got really bad and I almost got off the pill, but then it went away around month 3 and my skin is pretty clear. I think this was just a bodily reaction to the change in hormones. The only negative is that this pill does make me drowsier than I used to be but I can manage. And plus I'm not pregnant, so I guess it's doing its job pretty well.
Falmina (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've been on Falmina birth control for about 8 months now and I love it. I have not got pregnant, and my cycles are much lighter, less cramps and shorter. My acne has cleared! I would most definitely recommend this birth control, only negative things I find annoying at times is breast tenderness.
Aviane (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: 24y/o with some symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/mild depression. Recently started back on Aviane after 4 months of taking it to regulate my hormones. PROS: more optimistic, fewer mood swings, reduced symptoms of PCOS/irregular periods, clearer skin. When I was off it, my cycles had reset and normalized. CONS: longer periods, migraines when on placebo. Active pills are great though, no complaints. Still use a condom for extra insurance.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have been taking Lutera for 7 months now. The first 3 months I hard horrible, painful bloating every time I ate anything. That has subsided, but I have gained a lot of weight, my hair and finger nails are growing rapidly, but are very brittle, my acne has gotten worse, my breasts are larger and more tender, and I get frequent headaches.
I have been on several other birth control pills and they all gave me insane mood swings. I don't seem to have that problem with this pill.
Alesse (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Up until this past fall, I hadn't experienced any negative side effects while taking the pill. Then I started having anxiety attacks, feeling depressed about everything, rapid weight gain (25lbs in 2 months despite living at the gym), extreme irritability, heavy bleeding (3-4 super tampons every 2 hours) halfway through a pack, intense cramping, new and powerful migraines, and horrible skin. I've been off of it for 2 months now and I feel worlds better. I still have bad skin, and although my anxiety is manageable it's still there, but at least I can get out of bed, and the headaches have slackened. I'm looking at other options now because abstinence is difficult.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Lutera left me exhausted, and I felt nauseated all the time. Yet unlike other birth controls I've tried it did not give me nasty mood swings. It made me feel calm and pleasant. My breasts grew at least another cup size, which some would consider a positive, but I've paid a lot of money for a breast reduction and do not want large breasts! So overall, it was great for my mood but left me feeling so tired and sick that I just couldn't stay on it.
Jolessa (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: This has been better than past birth control pills that I have used. I have been on Jolessa for probably 1 1/2 years. I like that you only get 4 periods a year, however I have noticed my sexual drive decrease the longer I have been on it, and my sensitivity to sex has decreased. Other then that I like the pill.
Jolessa (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: I started Jolessa in October 2013 right when my period started at the beginning of the month. Right away I was sick to my stomach several days & My periods normally last the full 7 days, but on this pill it never stopped. It went to a light period and gradually throughout the 3 months got heavier until I started the white pills-the period week, at the end of December. Once I started the new pack January 1st. The bleeding finally stopped until Febuary 1st, started the second month of pills and right away started bleeding again. It is now Febuary 12 & I went to the doctor yesterday she put me on a different birth control Low-Ogestrel 28 and we're hoping this stops my bleeding and works better for me.
Levora (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Very good birth control. I've been with 4 different birth control brands before this one, different progesterone and levels of it as well. I did my research and this is the birth control I picked and it's been wonderful. I've been on this birth control for 9 months. No mood swings, hardly nauseous, light period, no weight gain or loss, it's been perfect.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: This is a success story:
I was so scared to start taking birth control because of all of the possible side effects. I have a history of anxiety and depression and I was afraid it would make this worse. I was pleasantly surprised! I have been taking Lutera for 3 months now and never had any negative side effects. It has actually improved my life. My hormones have leveled out, no more anxiety or depression. My breasts grew a cup size and without any tenderness or heaviness! My skin is clear and smooth. I used to have the worst cramps every month (fainting, vomiting, and staying home all day from the pain). This month I hardly felt them and now I don't have to rely on pain killers each month and I know when it will come! No pregnancy scares!
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Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: A couple years ago I took Lutera for a year and didn't have too many problems. I stopped taking it, then re-started 6 months ago.
This time was bad. My mood was off - little things would make me super aggravated or want to cry, while "better" days made me extremely happy and hyper. Also had on-off dryness down there - pretty uncomfortable, esp. sex-wise.
WORST part was the 2-week periods I got on this pill. For five months straight, I had my period for 1/2 the month, with cramps, lower back pain, irritability, and heavy bleeding. The gyno kept saying it was my body adjusting, but after the 5th month of this, I'm taking a break for birth control for a month and then switching to another pill.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I started Lutera about 7 months ago and I love it (now). The only reason I give it an eight was the first three months I had horrible migraines but just figured that was my body adjusting. I bleed and cramp less. I gained about 5 lbs. And my face is pretty clear.
Camrese (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Taking this pill was an awful experience. Everything was going fine until right around the time that I started the second month of it- and since then, I have had nasty breakthrough bleeding ever since then! (Not to mention the breast soreness, leg cramps, and depression). I'm finishing the pill this week and it hasn't gotten any better or worse. So basically I've had my period for 8 weeks straight.
Alesse (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've been taking Alesse for 6 years. It's the only birth control I have ever used. And I love it. I've never had problems with it before. My periods are predictable, very light and regular. I don't experience mood swings, or any major cramping on the pill either. It controlled my acne as well. I would suggest Alesse to every girl.
Aviane (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I was taking Orsythia for a few years then went off birth control for 3 months; when I re-started taking it about a month ago I was prescribed Aviane (which from my understanding is the exact same med as Orsythia). I think it is just my body adjusting to the change of hormones but my hair has been thinning out; I've been shedding a lot extra. I assume it will stop in a couple months once my body adjusts, but was just wondering if anyone had any knowledge if this was normal. So far that is the only bothersome side effect I've ever noticed. I definitely have noticed that when on birth control I do not get acne, but when I am on it I usually have pimples.
Portia (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I switched to Portia 12 days ago when I started spotting from another birth control (Alesse). I just wanted to say I started taking Portia on Tuesday and have been crying for consecutive days from Friday to Tuesday out of no where. I have also found it very hard to get studying and made me a much lazier person. I will be discontinuing this birth control today because my mood swings were affecting me too much.
Sronyx (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: So far I have been using this birth control for 1 month 2 weeks now. This is my first birth control. I'm 21 and ever since my period (before birth control) I've had bad crapping, vomiting sometimes, and nausea. Also I had irregular periods that last 10 days sometimes more. Now with this birth control I have regular periods (along with the help of iron pills prescribed by my obgyn) . I have no breakouts. No throwing up nothing. Did have slight headaches in the first week of use but it's gone now and NO BABIES.. (don't drink or smoke).
Alesse (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: I've been using Alesse 28 for a little over a year now and it's my first birth control pill! I use it mainly for period regulation since my period wouldn't come 6 months at a time and for birth control (10/10 effective when used properly). When I first started taking Alesse, my abdominal region felt a bit uncomfortable, but within a matter of about 2 weeks it went away. Some symptoms I've taken notice of was the mild mood swings I'd have once in a while and a little bit of dizziness. Now, the abdominal pain and dizziness I seem to have experienced a year ago has subsided, but the mild mood swings are still apparent and prevalent. I have no consistent weight loss or weight gain, acne, hair loss or hair growth, or loss of a sex drive.
Review by Andrearose650 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Took lutera for 5 months, probably my worst birth control experience.
Pros: Not Pregnant! So, at least that part worked.
Cons: my face EXPLODED in acne. Other kinds I've tried controlled the acne very well, but this seemed to make my skin turn into a minefield of sore, red, under-the-skin pimples. I've been off it for almost 2 months and my face is much better. Also, had terrible mood swings. I even hit my boyfriend with a shoe :( I've felt much better and much more like myself since then. It gave me this strange, clear discharge all the tim too, that is all gone now.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have been on Lutera for 3 months now, and I'M GAINING SO MUCH WEIGHT! The weight gain makes me sad. This pill makes me feel so lazy and emotional. My skin is better than normal though. Plus I'm not pregnant!
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